New Student Checklist

Welcome to Montclair State University! We have compiled a checklist of things you will need to do as you enroll as a graduate student. While The Graduate School staff is always available to help you, we encourage you to use this website regularly as a resource.

What You Need to Do


What is NEST?

NEST (Network Engagement and Student/Staff Transactions) is the primary web gateway for student and faculty/staff self-service. NEST will give you single-sign-on access for many current and upcoming products including Self-Service Banner (SSB). Students have access to NEST by logging on with your University NetID and password. New Students log in with their CWID and Pin provided in their acceptance letter.

Click here to be taken directly to the NEST!

Click here to learn how to read the class schedule.

Click here to view the Fall 2016 registration time calendar.

Coming soon

Additional functionality will be rolled-out over the next several months.

For example, through NEST students will be able to:

  • Academic advising
  • Pay tuition bills
  • Review academic audit (formerly known as Analysis of Academic Progress)
  • Review financial aid award information
  • Access the Fall 2016 University catalog via CourseLeaf
  • Download the mobile app for managing everything via smartphone or tablet. And much more!

Got questions?

For more information about NEST and the other upcoming OneMontclair software, please visit the OneMontclair website. If you have any questions about the NEST, please contact

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Setting Up Your WESS Account - (New students: You only need to set up your WESS account if you are taking classes in Summer 2016)

What is WESS?

WESS is a convenient way to review course offerings, register for courses, and access your schedule, grades, and financial accounts. In addition, WESS’ “analysis of academic progress” tool lets you monitor your progress as a graduate student.

How do I set up my WESS Account

  • Start from the Montclair State home page:
  • Select WESS from the quick links from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
  • Click on “Enter Student Services.”
  • Enter your social security number or student ID number and PIN and press ENTER. (Initial assigned PIN will be your date of birth. For example, if your date of birth is July 12, 1975, your assigned PIN would be 071275.)
  • You may be prompted to enter a new PIN or the answer to a reminder question.
  • Once you have logged in, you will be at the WESS main page.


All new graduate students must set up their NetIDs as soon as possible. This will:

  • Give you a unique electronic identity for access to university online services, including email
  • Set up your email account so that you can:
    • Receive vital university communications
    • Communicate with faculty and fellow graduate students
    • Gain off-campus access to library databases and other resources
    • Participate in various campus listservs for up-to-date event, deadline, and campus news
    • Forward email from your Montclair account to your personal email account

Please note that you MUST sign up for a Montclair email account as you will be held responsible for the information and campus notifications sent via the Montclair email system. The University, as well as, The Graduate School's main source of communication is the Montclair State University email address. It is extremely imperative you check your Montclair email address. Once you set up your MSU email account, you will have the option of forwarding your MSU email to your personal email account.

For more information, please contact the University Help Desk at 973-655-7971.

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Financial Aid

US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for student loans, which are the primary funding source for graduate students. In order to be eligible for any kind of student loan, you must be registered for at least five credits, or half-time, during a semester.

Please click here to learn about financial aid options for international students.

Financial Aid Application Process and Deadlines

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New Student Orientation

The Fall 2016 New Student Orientation and Graduate Development Conference will take place on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Please check this page for registration information in June.

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Graduate Development Conference

The Fall 2016 New Student Orientation and Graduate Development Conference will take place on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Please check this page for registration information in June.

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Identification Cards

Registered Montclair State University students will need a Montclair State University ID card to use the library, computer labs and access Red Hawk dollars – the money placed on your ID card to spend on meals, books, etc.

  • Click here for the ID Office, Student Center, 1st Floor, 973-655-4147
  • Click here for step-by-step directions on how to upload a photograph for your ID Card

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All incoming students are required to submit proof of immunization as a pre-condition of enrollment.

  • New Jersey State Law (P.L. 2000c.25) requires that all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella as a prerequisite to enrollment.
  • Documented proof of immunity must be submitted to University Health Center, Blanton Hall, prior to enrollment.
  • New Jersey also requires that all incoming full-time students who will be living in Montclair State University residence halls must provide proof of immunization against meningococcus (meningitis) as a condition of attendance.
  • Failure to submit the required documentation will result in the denial of future registration privileges.
  • You can obtain additional information and Montclair State Immunization Information Forms from the University Health Center.
  • You may fax or mail original documentation signed by a licensed healthcare provider, a copy of a signed and authorized school record, or the completed and signed Montclair State Immunization Information Form to the University Health Center .
  • University Health Center Phone: 973-655-4361 Fax: 973-655-4159

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  • All graduate students must purchase a parking permit and register any vehicle parked in surface lots. The parking permit must be displayed as outlined in the Parking Rules and Regulations.  
  • Commuter students may park only in General Parking Lots: 18-28, 30, 32, 40, and 41.
  • Hourly paid parking is available in the Red Hawk Parking Deck.
  • A limited number of Red Hawk parking passes are available each year.
  • Paid parking is also available in metered spaces for a maximum of two hours.
  • For more information, please contact Standard Parking, Level 1 of the Red Hawk Deck at 973-655-7580.
  • Campus maps are available at The Graduate School Office, Parking Services, and the Student Center Information Desk.

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Paying Your Term Bill

We accept payment in the form of cash, checks or money orders, E-check, and credit cards. Payments can be made in person or online and we also have payment plans available. A mandatory New Student Enrollment Fee will be assessed to your account. This fee may be assessed to your account before or after you pay the term bill. Please note that statements will no longer be mailed to students. You must log into WESS for your account summary. For more information on how to pay your term bill, please visit the payment options section of the Office of the Bursar's website.

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The Graduate School registration system is entirely online on NEST.

You may also view the Schedule of Courses online through NEST. An up-to-date listing of courses is posted on NEST, under course sections, or course section search.

To register for courses through NEST, click here.

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University Bookstore

You can buy your textbooks, computers, software, clothing, supplies and more at the University Bookstore.

To purchase textbooks, visit the Bookstore, located on the firsts floor of the Student Center, Monday through Saturday, or you may go online.  Online ordering is easy and convenient if you know your class schedule and semester. Here’s how to order:

  • Once you select the appropriate term, the bookstore website will help you select your department, course, and section.
  • Once you select the right class, the site will display a list of required and recommended textbooks for that class.
  • Put your books in your shopping cart and continue to order your books for each of your classes.

Click here to learn more about the University Bookstore, or call 973-655-5460. You can also email the Bookstore at

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